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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Random House Audio’s recording of Fifty Shades of Grey has been remastered in a new edition. If you've already purchased the audiobook, you can re-download the file from My Library to get the new audio.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

What Members Say

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    MARY Conway, SC, United States 07-24-12
    MARY Conway, SC, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Who wants to hear date/time to/from on emails????"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Very very unexpected!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there was a story behind all of the sex.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Aspen


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Except for the constant reading of all of the email data!


    Any additional comments?

    Note to any narrator. If you cannot figure out a way to read emailing back and forth in another way, don't agree to do the book because it makes you sound ridiculous! It was just boring hearing that part and a waste of mental time.

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    kimberly United States 07-24-12
    kimberly United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "BEST STORY EVER"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, BECAUSE I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LIKED THE WAY A WOMEN CAN TOOK CONTROL OF HER SITUATION. ANNA WAS HEAD STRONG AND THAT IS WHAT KEEP HER IN HIS EYE.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    MY FAVORITE SCENE WAS WHEN ANNA WAS GOING TO WALK AWAY AND CHRISTAIN HAD TO TELL HER HE LOVED HER HE HAD TO BREAK DOWN TO KEEP HER. A MAN WITH HIS STATUS ALWAYS THINK THEY HAVE THE UPPER HAND BUT SOMETHING AS PURE AND INNOCENT LIKE ANNA COMES ALONG.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!! I ALMOST DID


    Any additional comments?

    BEST BOOK EVER. I LISTENED TO ALL THREE BOOKS ONE AFTER THE OTHER.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forrest Stewart 07-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I don't get why everyone rated this so harshly..."

    Becca Battoe takes a little while to warm up, but she does get better. At first I wasn't sure about it, but I came to really like her narration in light of the fact that the female character, Ana, is only 21 years old. And her portrayal of Christian, the main male character, is believable for a 27 year old who is older than his years. And if you aren't sold on the kinky sex, which I rather enjoyed, the second book delves deeper and deeper into the motivations behind Christian's lifestyle. Overall, the series is very satisfying and deeply moving. Give it a try.

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    Jacqueline Dubuque, IA, United States 07-24-12
    Jacqueline Dubuque, IA, United States 07-24-12
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    "Only five minutes in"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm only five minutes into the story and I cannot stand the narrator's voice! She sounds like a whiney, abrasive teenager! I don't know if I will be able to finish this book! I have never complained about a narrator until now.

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    Stacie 07-24-12
    Stacie 07-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only with fair warning, I hated the narrator. I am not sure if it is how the story was written or the narrator but quite often it sounded like word of the day toilet paper was being used and that did not work.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The third part was the best.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    almost anyone else, perhaps a male and a female?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time getting through the first two parts of the story, but I am glad that I did. Here is to hoping that the story line of the second book is as good as the last part of this one.

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    Mackenzie G. T. Omaha, NE 07-21-12
    Mackenzie G. T. Omaha, NE 07-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Painful"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No...no....no! If this character says 'holy crap' one more time in that nasal adolescent tone I will scream.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will be more careful and I'll listen to the scores of warnings next time. I love sexy and yes, even graphic stories. Still I need them to be crafted and delivered well.


    How could the performance have been better?

    First, the writing was a handicap. It is truly horrible. Second, the reader simply has no talent or nuance. Awful tone, interpretation and pacing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It caused nausea, anger and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    It is tragic that this trash is making its author rich. Sad time in literature indeed.

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    Deanna Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 07-21-12
    Deanna Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Defining a lifestyle that has no definition! WOW!"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 50


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    Only Anne Rice could captivate me this completely.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes and no. She sounds a little snooty and I read Anna as much more humble.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book explains the many aspects of top and bottom in a way that most never really get. Amazing and honest definition of the lifestyle. I hope that the readers are able to experience their own Christian as I have experienced in my M. There is no going back, ever.

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    Maria San Juan, Puerto Rico 07-21-12
    Maria San Juan, Puerto Rico 07-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Whaooooo"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    Just because I can get a better sense of the characters and that I can hear it in private.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    First one to have read in this category.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Somewhat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mr. Grey's conflicts


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book read all 3 in paper and love to hear it,even though it would have been better to hear other voices within the narrative.

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    M. Harrison 07-20-12
    M. Harrison 07-20-12

    Just my .02."

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    "Lord...how awful"
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Everything. I wanted to be generous. I wanted to like this book, because I love a good erotic story. I have some friends who enjoyed the whole trilogy and they recommended it to me. And of course, I've heard all about how it's supposed to be "mommy porn", so there was the curiosity factor. I was eager to give it a listen. But the dialogue in this novel is like something that was written for a junior high kid, by a junior high kid. "Holy crap." "Oh, my!" "My inner goddess..." (who I wanted to kick before the end of the book.) Ana is silly and shallow; granted, she's supposed to be naive, but seriously? You're about to graduate college and you don't have an email address, and apparently don't know that some people enjoy spanking their partners for kicks? Gimme a break.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Probably by buying the author a thesaurus. How many times can you hear "oh my" or "holy crap" or some tripe about an "inner goddess" or "my subconscious" without simply finding something more enjoyable to listen to, such as fingernails on a blackboard? A couple of times the author talks about the inner goddess doing a cheerleader thing...I threw up in my mouth a little....If you're going to write an erotic novel, write it for the adult audience it should be intended for, not like you're fifteen and writing in your diary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I hated her voice for Christian, her voice for Ana...I hated her voice. To be fair to her, she got handed Alpo in the guise of one of the best selling books this year.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The author. And the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get that wasted credit back.

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    Rebecca 07-20-12
    Rebecca 07-20-12

    I teach middle level reading, consequently, I find myself reading Young Adult selections. Audible is my guilty pleasure!

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    "Really? Am I missing something?"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    This is my first review ever. Had I not felt deceived by the hype surrounding this novel, I would remain silent, reading other points of view. Fifty Shades of Grey was as captivating as a "How to" manual. First, James didn't develop her characters, resulting in a flat plot. The thoughts, feelings and behaviors of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey became monotonous half-way through Part One, of the recording.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The concept for the conflict is intriguing and thought provoking, but the book was not. I would have enjoyed the book if the characters had more dimension. I struggle to read when I can't connect to the characters and conflict on some level, whether it be character trait or his/her background. While the speech pattern, including word choice of Anastasia is intended to create an aire of innocence and naievity, she came across as dim-witted and limited. We get the sense that one reason. Grey is attracted to Anastasia is her intellect. Instead, she seems like a typical "middle schooler".


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Actors cannot make a weak story strong. Given the material she had to work with, Becca Battoe did a great job narrating. I haven't heard of her before, so I'm assuming she is new to the industry. Like all successful performers, Becca will hone her craft, through practice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book provoked a lot of anxiety. It wasn't the sexual practices, of Christian Grey, but the structure if the story. Simply put, I found it monotonous. Fifty Shades of Grey is an example of a long drawn out story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had read the reviews before making my purchase. Three women whom I respect and admire raved about this book. I question why my friends enjoyed it. I'm guessing they were intrigued by Christian Grey's sexual practice and Anastasia's sexuality. Her sexual awareness has familiar aspects. Perhaps it brings readers to a time in their lives when they weren't responsible for making a living and raising a family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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